Concur is initiating discussions with airlines to enable “open bookings” that would give corporate clients the ability to enforce policy, apply discounts and track transactions when travelers book on airline websites.
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It is a debate that has been engaging the business travel community for more than a year now. Many see it as the industry’s most central issue: can travel managers continue to expect and require their travellers to comply with company travel policy or has technology liberated them from such obligations.
Billed under the headline of the “burning question”, it was the subject of a very lively debate at the spring forum of Management Solutions (UK) andACTE in London on May 15. What raised the temperature was the concept of the “happy traveller” put forward by Rodolfo Silva in the opening keynote speech.
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Corporate travel and expense management specialist KDS has hopes of ‘mass adoption’ for its latest development, Project Neo, which will be released next year.
The technology, in beta with travel management companies and customers, reduces the search, book and expense process to three screens from the current process of more than three times that.
It is designed to enable users to book a door-to-door trip based on destination and desired time of arrival information and using devices such as iPads.
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The “always connected traveller” is probably one of the phrases of the year as it signifies how important the world of mobile and web access has become.
In a global survey conducted by Collinson Latitude of 2,400 business travellers (decent sample size), as well as focus groups of another 50 working in corporates, respondents have outlined some of the key areas that make up their connected (or not) experience when on-the-go.
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